Why Genoa is the rough diamond of Italy
The London Economic
Tell an Italian you’re going to Genoa, otherwise known as Genova, and the response ranges from surprise to unrestrained shock. Compared to Italian delights nearby – the still beauty of Lake Como, the buzzing life in Bologna, the culinary delights in Modena – Genoa is seen to fall short in tourist attractions. “It’s not beautiful,” a well meaning Italian will implore, comparing it to the rustic charm of Tuscany. That’s partly because Genoa, Italy’s busiest port town, has only begun to open itself up to tourism, a move prompted in 1997 for an exhibition celebrating its most famous resident, Christopher Columbus.
But never mind the naysayers – Genoa is a rough diamond for a curious traveller.

Why Genoa is the rough diamond of Italy